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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Nuclear Criticality Safety Program Manager in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311674

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Campus Development and Nuclear Operations

Group: Nuclear and Criticality Safety

Job Description

The Nuclear and Criticality Safety Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic environment supporting challenging and interesting nuclear Research and Development (R&D) projects with national and international impact.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Uses extensive experience in a field of specialty, possessing a comprehensive understanding of existing theories, principles, and concepts in those fields to provide solutions to unusually complex problems for which no precedents or past practice exists.

  • Resolves problems that frequently require mastery of specialized techniques using high degrees of ingenuity and creativity.

  • Demonstrates well-recognized national influence and skilled consensus building. Exerts positive influence across a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interest groups with internal and external organizations, the public, and the community.

  • Is often sought out to work on key project teams and regularly collaborates and negotiates with senior national/international government officials as a PNNL and DOE representative.

  • Makes recommendations that set precedent for future decisions and strongly influence national/international policies and decisions at highest levels.

  • Develop nuclear criticality safety evaluations and program documents that meet applicable PNNL and DOE requirements and standards, utilizing nuclear criticality safety software (SCALE and MCNP) as needed.

  • Perform nuclear criticality safety reviews of existing and proposed facility designs and modifications; and research or processing activities involving fissionable materials.

  • Perform evaluation of unplanned events involving fissionable material and participate in recovery planning.

  • Participate in the preparation and approval of Criticality Safety Specifications and associated Temporary Variances.

  • Mentor nuclear criticality safety staff in performance of nuclear criticality safety evaluations and support of program implementation and training.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience or Master’s degree and 6+ years of relevant experience or PhD and 3+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional license and/or certification.

  • Progressively responsible experience in the nuclear industry; DOE experience preferred. Possess strong technical and operational experience in operating nuclear facilities, preferably in an R&D environment. Must be self-motivated and self-directed; and recognized as a technical expert.

  • Proven ability to successfully address criticality safety and regulatory issues, with a strong background in the interpretation and application of ANSI/ANS-8 requirements and DOE Standards for development and implementation of criticality safety evaluations is preferred. Capable of writing robust criticality safety specifications and implementing procedures.

  • Effective writing and verbal communication skills are required. Possess good negotiation skills and be able to effectively communicate with a variety of levels of staff and external DOE clients in providing effective and compliant solutions to programmatic criticality safety issues. Must also have experience in conducting assessments, preparing complex technical procedures and reports, assessment responses, and correspondence for internal and external DOE customers.

  • The ability to obtain Radiological Worker I qualifications is also required.

  • Capability to qualify as a Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer as a joint position/role.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Closing Statement

  • Work at 325 Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, a hazard category 2, DOE-owned non-reactor nuclear facility.

  • Potential exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation and standard industrial hazards.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Managers

Group: Nuclear & Criticality Safety

Opening Date: 2021-02-16

Closing Date: 2021-03-02